Q?rius for Teachers

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A female instructor holds a human skull over a table and students on both sides lean in to look at it.

In the Q?rius school programs, students use inquiry-based, team-oriented approaches to answer scientific questions. Smithsonian photo NHB2013-02810.

Q?rius, The Coralyn W. Whitney Science Education Center, is an interactive learning space that brings the unique assets of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History – the science, researchers, and collections – out from behind the scenes. In Q?rius, students enter into the role of our scientists and engage in solving real-world problems.

On weekday mornings from October to June, Q?rius offers a variety of free, 60-minute, standards-aligned, staff-led school programs for students in grades 6 through 12.

Registration for the 2018-19 school year is now open.

Educators please browse our school programs and register online. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Museum educator and student

AT THE MUSEUM | Bring your class to the Museum

  • Q?rius School Programs, Grades 6-12
  • Q?rius jr. School Programs, Grades K-5
  • Plan Your Visit to Q?rius


Science webcast

ONLINE | Bring the Museum into your classroom

  • Teaching Resources, Grades 6-8
  • Webcasts and Career Chats, Grades 6-8


Photo of student intern at telescope

YOUTH PROGRAMS | Opportunities for Students

  • Internships
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Workshops